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Spoil your friends and family with a collectible book they can cherish. Whether they're an avid collector or looking to start their library of rare books, we've got the right gift! Featured below you'll find Staff Picks, as selected and described by our expert Collectibles staff, so you know you are getting a real, authentic treasure including rare vintage items, signed copies, and first editions.

Classic Books

The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

One of the seminal essays of the 20th century, sine qua non to understand the development of Western thought, The Myth of Sisyphus, presented here in its First American Edition. An imperfect, relatively affordable copy of this highly desirable book, one can read through these pages and experience the jarring power of Camus at the height of his powers. – Recommended by Charlie
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The Prince, Collector's Edition (The 100 Greatest Books Ever Written Series)

The Prince Collectible leather edition of the political classic. Scholars have debated for centuries whether Machiavelli was writing satire, and a compelling case can be made to support this thesis. His real intentions will never be known, but his writing endures both as a testament to a historical time and place and a pointed view of modern political institutions. – Recommended by Connie
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Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby 1ST UK Edition ( Chapman and Hall )

Life and Adventures Nicholas Nickleby I always find it mesmerizing to read a classic as it first appeared, here with illustrations by Phiz. We also have the complete works. – Recommended by Kenneth
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Little Women

This is a very early printing of part one of the enduring and endearing classic. This copy has been rebound and the title is handwritten on the spine. It includes 10 pages of publisher's advertisements. Published in 1868, this would make a wonderful gift for those interested in classical literature or are true Little Women fans. – Recommended by Tracie
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Of Mice and Men (The 100 Greatest Books Ever Written)

John Steinbeck's classic novella, Of Mice and Men, has been a staple of required reading programs across the country for decades due to its exploration of themes of structural injustice, solitude, and the longing for self-determination in an often cruel world. George and Lenny, the two main characters both have lines of dialogue that pervade the social consciousness even now, over 80 years after the book's first publishing. This handsome limited edition is published by Easton Press and features high quality paper stock in full leather covers with ornate gilting and embossing to the spine. – Recommended by Ben
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Literature

The Subterraneans

The rare hardcover edition of The Subterraneans, the novel immediately following On The Road and one of the more overlooked of the classic Kerouac novels. A clean copy, the subdued presentation by a second-tier publisher emphasizes the underground nature of a writer most people consider a totem of American letters. But he was never mainstream, and in this slim volume recounting, as always, adventures with characters famous and obscure, one can glimpse the possibilities of an alternative lifestyle in the height of American conformity and mass culture. Watch for depictions of Gore Vidal and William Gaddis, in addition to the usual cast of Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs.– Recommended by Charlie
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Diamonds are Forever. The James Bond Classic Library

This is a 1984 facsimile copy of the 1956 first edition printed in Great Britain by the First Edition Library. In excellent condition with a beautiful slipcase. A must for any James Bond aficionado. – Recommended by Tracie
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Sabre Jet Ace (The American Adventure Series)

Although fictionalized, the premise is based off an actual true ace pilot, Joseph C. McConnell. This story follows his tour during the Korean War. It's an illustrated story of one of the best, distinguished ace pilots to fly. – Recommended by Sam
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Love in the Sun

I chose this book because it's a great classic romance. I like romance books with drama. This would make a great gift for a classic book collector of dramas. – Recommended by Karen
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Art

The Complete Graphics of Eyvind Earle: And Selected Poems and Writings 1940-1990

A handsome, leather volume, one of only 400 signed in full leather and housed in a slipcase. Eyvind Earle was a noted illustrator at Disney responsible for the backgrounds and colors in the acclaimed Sleeping Beauty. – Recommended by Connie
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Sturtevant: The Brutal Truth/Catalogue Raisonne, 1964-2004 - 2 VOLUMES (v. 1) (English and German Edition)

"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time."—Thomas Merton. Art has always been my escape and this set is a beautiful example. Lose yourself in these wonderful works or gift it to an art lover, it will make a nice addition to anyone's bookshelf. – Recommended by Jennifer
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Chagall

This superb book features lithographs from one of the 20th century’s greatest artists, Marc Chagall. Vibrant colors in modernist style make these works of high art jump off the page. A sublime gift for the art lover. – Recommended by Ryan
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The Art of Featherwork in Mexico

A beautiful book, in an impressively sized format, illuminating the rich tradition of incorporating indigenous feathers in numerous facets of these ancient folk arts. – Recommended by Joseph
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Chuck Close

Throughout his career, painter Chuck Close dealt with the tensions between hyper-realism and abstraction with a wholly distinct style of portraiture, massive in scale. Sadly, this one-of-a-kind artist recently passed, leaving a breathtaking body of work. This book, a retrospective signed by the artist himself, would make a handsome addition to any collection. – Recommended by Lane
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LINOTYPE FACES - Specimen Book

Founder Ottmar Mergenthaler, the inventor of the first linecasting machine, Linotype, which has for more than 100 years been synonymous with high quality typefaces authored this extraordinary volume. This historic look at that time is eye candy for those interested in design, printing, and art. An ultimate coffee table book and reference. – Recommended by Kenneth
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History

Olympia 1936, Book 2 (Die Olympischen Spiele 1936, Band II)

The 1936 Olympics were the propaganda machine that made Nazi Germany seem just human enough to trust. WWII has been an interest of mine, especially focusing on the Holocaust because, as George Santayana once said "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat It," and the atrocities committed should never be forgotten. A great addition for history collectors. – Recommended by Jennifer
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Colonial Wrought Iron: The Sorber Collection

Get a glimpse of early colonial history with this wrought iron work from the Sorber Collection. I'm drawn in by the uniqueness of this topic and of the ornate work included. This would be a lovely addition to a history collection. – Recommended by Jennifer
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Early Manor and Plantation Houses of Maryland

This is a very nice history book on our beautiful state of Maryland. I chose this book because I love learning about the history of our state. It would make a great gift for a history lover and a lover of architecture! – Recommended by Karen
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Film and Music

BEFORE THE CHOP LA Weekly Articles 2011 - 2012

A collection of articles by the legendary punk, Henry Rollins. Rollins rose to prominence in the early '80s as the charismatic and dynamic front man for Black Flag, and has continued to stay relevant in the recent decades with his art, writings, activism, and spoken word recordings. – Recommended by Connie
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Gorillaz: Rise of the Ogre

The now classic retro-dystopian future vision, The Demon Days. Incisive and witty, brutally so. Albarn, Hewlett, & Co. in a chronicle of the formative years and how they achieved peak performance, even if they are only figments of the imagination. The multi-media onslaught would not be complete without this now out-of-print book. – Recommended by Joseph
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I Used To Be an Animal, But I'm All Right Now

In the beginning... The Egg man, a long haired overfed leaping gnome. When he was young. Oh lord, don't let him be misunderstood. Burdon lays his down, inside looking out. About The Animals, about the early daze. The warm San Franciscan nights and after. How high can you fly? – Recommended by Joseph
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Mister Rogers Talks with Parents

For a generation or two of children born in America, Fred Rogers needs no introduction. An innovator of children's education Mr. Rogers. incorporated music, documentary film, and imaginative fantasy to encourage children to be confident, self-aware, and move out into the world with a sense of wonder. This book turns its attention to the parents, however, and features a cornucopia of suggestions for reading, playtime, and even how to discuss some tougher issues. It also demonstrates a forward-looking perspective on issues such as media influence on child self-esteem, which rings truer than ever these days. – Recommended by Ben
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Science Fiction and Fantasy

Lord of the Rings Trilogy Boxed Set

It's hardly an exaggeration to say J.R.R. Tolkien's masterpiece set the standard for all fantasy novels that came after it. With this book, all three titles have been collected and handsomely bound, including the mapwork designed by Tolkien to further flesh out his world. A perfect gift for any nerd, fantasy fanatic, or precocious young reader in your life. – Recommended by Lane
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Gawds & Demi-Gawds (Hackmaster)

I chose this book because Dungeons and Dragons is a very popular game. I love fantasy and science fiction. This would make a great gift for a player of the game with helpful tips and guidance. – Recommended by Karen
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Nonfiction

The Mask of Medusa

The eclectic French intellectual, Roger Caillois, published two notable essays on insects and mimicry and their relation to humanity, published together in this volume. Caillois was a firm fighter against fascism during WWII and later became a key figure in the introduction of many Latin American writers, like Borges and Asturias, to the French people. – Recommended by Kevin
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How to Win Friends and Influence People

A writer and lecturer is often able to reach a good amount of people, but to continually influence people 80 years later is a hard feat to achieve. Dale Carnegie is one of the best to do that. Given the simple, yet effective steps needed to influence people, Carnegie created a simple flow for people to reach others. Still being used to this day, this book is an excellent gift or addition to a collection especially with the author's signature. – Recommended by Sam
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Trader Vic's Bartender's Guide, Revised

Who doesn't enjoy a good drink every now and again? No matter the occasion, this collection of cocktails has something to wet anyone's whistle! From fruity and fun to timeless traditionals, you'll find something to please any palate. – Recommended by Kevin
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Metropolitan Life

From writing to acting, Fran Lebowitz has lived a life and experienced a lot. This being her first novel really set the tone of her sardonic type of comedy she will be known for. With the added bonus of the book being signed, it will make a great gift or addition to a collection. – Recommended by Sam
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Outlyer and Ghazals

An early book of poetry inscribed by the late Jim Harrison, one of the most prolific and catholic of writers in the final decades of the 20th century. His poetry never found the audience of his novels but is nevertheless a vital part of his oeuvre and a fascinating look inside his mind. The personal touch of being handled and gifted by Harrison helps connect a people with a famous figure otherwise detached and abstracted. – Recommended by Charlie
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Tell It All: The Story of a Life's Experience in Mormonism, an Autobiography

With an introduction by Harriet Beecher Stowe, this book tells the story of Thomas and Franny Stenhouse, who were Mormon missionaries in Europe who emigrated to Salt Lake City in 1855. In 1870, Fanny and Thomas Stenhouse became followers of William S. Godbe, a critic of Brigham Young. The Stenhouses were against polygamy and were excommunicated from the LDS Church. Franny wrote their story in 1875. This is a first edition that would be perfect for those who study religion or historians of the Mormon Church. – Recommended by Tracie
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Voodoo in Haiti

Classic midcentury account of the mysterious and captivating voodoo religion as practiced in Haiti. For those who find themselves intrigued by the idea of voodoo, but lack any knowledge beyond media representations, any information is good information.– Recommended by Kevin
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The Holy Books of Thelema (Five Volume Set)

Published by the Hell Fire Book Club this is a numbered and limited copy. Crowley stated that these books were written through him, not by him. This is a great gift for anyone interested in the occult. – Recommended by Tracie
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Children's Books

The Little Prince (Stated Third Printing)

The Little Prince is a timeless tale of childhood, imagination, and adulthood's inevitability, teaching the importance of seeing with one's heart as well as one's eyes. True early printings of the book are rare, replete with esoteric minutiae distinguishing them from later printings. This copy, a proper third printing, fits a very special niche for collectors. – Recommended by Lane
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The Cat in the Hat

The Cat in the Hat, first published in 1957, is one children's book that started a revolution in how primers were published. An immediate success upon publication and a high point in children's collectible books of the modern era. Our First Edition of The Cat in the Hat would make any collector proud. – Recommended by Kenneth
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How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Classic Seuss)

Now a classic, as it first appeared. A treasure that will be remembered every year when the Grinch rolls around. Stole Christmas, indeed. – Recommended by Kenneth
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The Chronicles of Narnia (7 Volumes)

A childhood classic. Fantasy and adventures can be found in the Chronicles of Narnia series. I enjoyed the series for its creativeness and the wonderful world that comes with it. A beautiful set for a personal collection or gift. – Recommended by Sam
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The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia, Book 7)

CS Lewis was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. His Narnia series is well known both for its effect on the genre which has come to be known as "young adult fiction," and its clever theological overtones. This second printing of the first edition features the delicate ornations of Pauline Baynes. – Recommended by Ben
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